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Projects aplenty at Camp Verde Unified School District

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1632 as compared 1593 one year ago. Current enrollment vs. same time last year: Elementary 698 vs.721: Middle School 386 vs. 343; Camp Verde High School 483 vs. 436: Accommodations School 29 vs. 25: South Verde High School 36 vs. 68.

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Commentary: Presidents end up with just 1 label

Thomas Jefferson? Made the Louisiana Purchase. Andrew Jackson? Battled the Bank of the United States. Abraham Lincoln? Signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Herbert Hoover? Presided over the beginning of the Great Depression. Jimmy Carter? Hobbled by hostages in Iran.

Commentary: Antiquities Act of 1906 ripe for bipartisan abuse

Much like a losing football team looking to toss a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds, outgoing administrations turn to midnight regulations and executive actions in the brief time they have left in power.

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Commentary: Out of touch with ‘Real America’ or America defined by Reality TV?

Following the 2016 election, some readers have accused me of being out of touch with the Real America -- that mythic locale inhabited by people who vote like them and watch the same TV shows they do.

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Commentary: On Russian hacking, it’s jump-to-conclusions vs. wait-and-see

President-elect Trump stirred yet more controversy Saturday night when, as he entered his New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, he said he is not convinced the intelligence community is sure about allegations Russian hackers sought to influence the election.

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Commentary: Consumer Protections & Protectors need to remain in place

As we look back on 2016, there is little argument that this year’s election will go down in history as a collective call for change of some kind. The danger is in allowing politicians to twist that desire for change toward their own political, ideological and financial ends.

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Commentary: Resolutions are recipes for failure unless you chart course for success

Ah, the turning of the calendar page into a new year. Resolution time.

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Commentary: The 2017 fresh-start guidebook

New year, new president, new administration, new challenges. After a fraught presidential election and amid persistent tensions around terrorism, troubling questions about the American role in the Middle East, and continued domestic unease over issues of race and employment, the country gets a fresh start at New Year’s.

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Happy New Year from Camp Verde School District

Over the Christmas break, we have a lot of construction plans. So just as a reminder that the middle school gymnasium parking lot will receive an upgraded surface.

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Commentary: God’s gift to us at Christmas

When God wanted to put His love for us on display, He gave His people a tremendously valuable gift in the person of Jesus on that very first Christmas day. He delivered His gift to mankind one evening in a stable.

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The News from Clarkdale: Christmas, 2016

It’s been a quiet week in Clarkdale, my little town at the foot of Mingus Mountain.

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Commentary: Business as usual, as Camp Verde schools prepare for winter break

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1,627 as compared 1,593 one year ago.

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Trump continues presidential tradition of contradiction and complexities

Franklin Roosevelt was a flexible president immobilized in a wheelchair. Dwight Eisenhower personified military precision but as president luxuriated in imprecise language. Lyndon Johnson commonly used a vulgar epithet to describe the black Americans he worked so hard to empower.

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‘Fake news’ not a strong enough term for what is genuine insanity

Americans have always thought of themselves as a practical, commonsensical people, a nation of Thomas Edisons and Henry Fords. (Never mind that industrial genius Ford was also a political crank whose treatise “The International Jew” influenced Nazi race theory.) In reality, we’ve always been a nation of easy marks. As H.L. Mencken wrote: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”

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Superintendent’s Report: In the news, in competitions, at play

Fun, fun in Mr. Malloy’s science class. Today, static electricity is the topic of discussion.

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Superintendent’s Report: Camp Verde holds firm in enrollment boost

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1630 as compared 1593 one year ago. Current enrollment vs. same time last year: Elementary 698 vs.721: Middle School 382 vs. 343; Camp Verde High School 479 vs. 436: Accommodations School 32 vs. 25: South Verde High School 39 vs. 68.

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Commentary: Finally, a debate about identity politics

Amid the climate of disbelief and fear among Democrats following Donald Trump’s election, a fascinating debate has broken out about what’s called “identity politics” on the left, “political correctness” by the right.

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Commentary: Farewell: It's been one heck of a ride

I’ve seen a lot of changes in Yavapai County over the years, met and had the privilege to work with some of the best people and create partnerships to accomplish many community goals in District 3.

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Commentary: Jeff Sessions as AG is Democrats’ worst nightmare

President-elect Trump’s transition team knew that nominating Jeff Sessions for Attorney General would set off controversy. Democrats and their allies in the press have at key times in the past called Sessions a racist -- they’re now using the Alabama senator’s full name, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, to heighten the Old South effect -- and now, as they oppose Trump at nearly every turn, they’ve turned to race again.

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Superintendent’s Report: Busy on all fronts in Camp Verde schools

The overall enrollment of Camp Verde Unified School District is 1631 as compared 1593 one year ago.

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Commentary: Give thanks to George Washington for Thanksgiving

Americans don’t know it and children aren’t taught it, but George Washington is responsible for our Thanksgiving holiday. It was our first president who led the charge to make this day of thanks a truly national event.

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Commentary: Against all the experts and all expectations Trump fashioned great upset, great comeback

More than a quarter-century ago, in another election year, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star Kirk Gibson hit a walk-off home run in the first game of the World Series. “In a year that has been so improbable,” the Dodgers’ iconic announcer Vin Scully said in an unforgettable television riff in the fall of 1988, “the impossible has happened.”

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Commentary: Nation’s freedom guaranteed by all veterans

Today is a day for every citizen to remember and honor the sacrifice of our nation’s veterans.

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Commentary: Water, politics and water politics

Most people think access to water is a God-given right, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. History is filled with legal precedents trying to resolve basic water rights; essentially sorting out the “haves versus the have nots.”

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Commentary: Why law enforcement opposes Prop 205

The people behind Proposition 205 want to “regulate marijuana like alcohol.” That may be clever marketing, but it hides the many flaws inherent in legalizing this drug – flaws that have Arizona’s law enforcement united in opposition.

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